by Jerry Shottenkirk
January 17, 2021
Gulfstream Park has one of the better late Pick 4 sequences since it began its Championship Meet last month.
Three good groups of allowance optional claimers and a promising field of upper-maiden claimers will congregate for the last four, beginning at 3:42 p.m. ET.
High Five Cotton starts it off as the probable solid favorite in the eighth race and will probably be a single on a lot of tickets.
However, the veteran Charlie the Greek has done his fair share of good things over the strip and also figures in the outcome.
Here’s a look at the Gulfstream Pick 4 on Sunday:
Race 8 (3:42 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
HIGH FIVE COTTON was second last time, ending his four-win win stretch. He’s been sharp at Monmouth and most recently Tampa Bay Downs and is not in a real tough spot for his first GP start. The biggest question for him is in regards to the mile distance, which will be contested around one turn, like his other races.
CHARLIE THE GREEK was claimed by the Catanese barn last out and while he hasn’t hit the board in his last three, he often is a factor vs. state-breds and looks for his 10th local win.
Race 9 (4:13 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
R MAN JOE wasn’t sharp in his last two, but those were at GP West. He’s back to a preferred course, where he’s won two of five. Expect a form reversal.
MACHO BLUE has had strong performances in his last three races, with a win and third-place finishes in his last two. He dropped a three-horse photo last time and he usually brings his best. He’s a “tough out.”
BALISTICO was close in his last four and responded with a good third when he stepped up in class. Capable of a big effort here.
ZANNO is lightly raced with just four starts but ran a solid third in his last one, which came over this course in April. Has several
works in the past month and is ready to run again.
Race 10 (4:45 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
HEIRESSINDY looks for her first win since July. She just hasn’t run a bad one lately but has been stuck on second in her last three. Talented filly will be a factor.
PRINCESS BETTY won two of her last three and comes in off a solid win on the front end. Can adjust to any pace.
IMPECCABLE STYLE was on the board in her last four and was in some very strong races last year. She was second in the G3 Indiana Oaks and most recently was third in an allowance at Keeneland. Makes her first start for the Walsh stable.
STORIE BLUE finished three-quarters of a length behind Impeccable Style at Keeneland and was third in the G3 Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita. Her best makes her a big player in this one.
Race 11 (5:17 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
LORD FLINTSHIRE doesn’t have a lot of speed and will be far back early but could get a big break if other contenders can’t get the distance. Was second last out and takes a slight step up in class.
EAMONN tired in his debut and moves over to the turf course. Bred to run all day on the turf and will get plenty of support.
THE GREAT OZ was second in his debut and then weakened in his next two. He should have no problem with turf and is bred to go long on the front end.
Race 8) #7 High Five Cotton, #8 Charlie the Greek.
Race 9) #1 R Man Joe, #2 Macho Blue, #6 Balistico, #8 Zanno.
Race 10) #2 Heiressindy, #4 Princess Betty, #6 Impeccable Style, #7 Storie Blue.
Race 11) #5 Lord Flintshire, #6 Eamonn, #11 The Great Oz.
Total Ticket Cost) 7,8/1,2,6,8/2,4,6,7/5,6,11 = $48 for $0.50